BELIZE

BIOLOGY, CULTURE, AND HISTORY
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WHO

ALEX AND THE ECOSYSTEM...

Alex Sabal has lived on tiny but gorgeous Billy Hawke Caye all of his life – but climate change is having a profound impact on his Island which is now steadily sinking. Fish, snorkel, and kayak with him as he guides you through the intricacies of his sublime yet threatened ecosystem.

WHERE

EDUCATION IN EMERALD WATERS...

Magnificent marine ecology and unparalleled Mayan history. You cannot have a more intimate experience with nature and culture than the way we dive into Belize. It is the perfect place to experience and reflect on how Climate Change affects not only biodiversity but centuries of cultural legacy.

Get hands-on at a remote Smithsonian research station out on the atoll. Our superb guides will prepare your students to take ownership of their well-being before they snorkel in clear emerald water and experience what they just learned from renowned scientists. Safety is paramount, especially in water activities, and is embedded in our Expedition Mentality.

WHY

MAYAN PYRAMIDS AND MONKEYS...

A dawn hike to the top of a magnificent Mayan pyramid at the off the beaten path yet resplendent Lamanai ruins reveals a vista for miles. Bask in a rousing symphony of monkey and bird calls that reaches a crescendo as the sun rises. After sunrise, walk back to Indian Church – where our guide Mauricio is Mayor – a place that we have an enduring relationship with and serve in meaningful ways.

BELIZE: SAMPLE ITINERARY

We customize each experience… options are endless!

DAY 1: Owning your Experience

Head out to remote Caye on Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Your guides introduce the Story Approach & Expedition Mentality, and our first nightly reflection circle empowers students to be fully engaged in their experience here in Belize.

DAY 2: Life on the Coral Reef

Visit a Marine biology research station, where we snorkel and get hands-on in the lab. Learn about Marine biodiversity and how climate change affects species, habitats, and humans here on the Cayes.

DAY 3: Garifuna Culture

Kayak through mangroves, identifying species and further understanding this unique habitat. Cook, dance, and play traditional music with our Garifuna hosts as we learn about this rich Caribbean culture.

DAY 4: Mayan Worldview

Head to the mainland, where we settle into our rural Mayan village. Visit Lamanai ruins to begin understanding Mayan civilizations and worldview, past and present.

New Hampton School had a wonderful experience traveling to Belize with Chill Expeditions. This trip was successful in all phases: planning, logistics, execution, and reflection. The staff at Chill, especially Audrey and Tara, were professional and organized and they tailor made our trip to fit our wants and needs.

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